Now I can’t speak for all minimalists, but I believe I can speak for most when I say that winter really can bring on the doldrums for us if we don’t find some indoor outlet to keep ourselves busy. You see, most of us are outdoor people; after all, that’s where the world is, outside our front door. It’s easy to have very few material possessions if you’re seldom even home.
But when the winter comes ……. we spend a lot of time at home. More than we care to. Everybody does, not just minimalists. At least that is the way it is up here in the northeast. Now for those who are actually into winter outdoor activities, all the power and love too you. Get down with the Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Snow Boarding, or whatever the it is you guys do. I commend you for that. As for me, I can’t stand the cold. I need the warm weather. If I go more than a couple days without sunlight, I get depressed.
Over the years however, I have discovered many indoor activities (not necessarily home activities) that are my go-to for the winter season. Social, active, and/or skillful activities to “fill us up”, or add value in the cold dark winter. These include:
- Roller skating at the roller rink.
- Pool (billiards)
- Games with friends and family. Card and board. (I do this all year long actually).
- Exercise classes at the gym.
- Read a good novel.
- Take on a small project. I once knew a lady who had a lot of down time, so she decided to make gingerbread candy houses for poor children who would otherwise not get much (if anything) for Christmas. Ya never know.
So much depends on where we live, as to what is available to us. I can only speak for the activities I have found. If anybody knows of any others, please comment on this post.